View Our Homes a blog about Calgary and Area Real Estate en-ca (C) 1996-2019 Norm Rousseau & Sylvia Garrett MaxWell Realty 120 Mon, 16 Sep 2019 05:39:42 G9T Mon, 16 Sep 2019 05:39:42 G9T Mon, 16 Sep 2019 05:39:42 G9T <p>You've no doubt heard about the value of getting a home inspection before you close the deal on a property, to get a qualified, objective assessment on the condition of your potential new home. But what happens if the home inspection turns up a red flag? ls it necessarily a deal-breaker?<p><a href=""><img width="493" height="683" title="Photo" style="display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="Photo" src="" border="0"></a></p> A THIRD OPINION Norm Rousseau Mon, 16 Sep 2019 04:54:11 G9T <p><a href=""><img width="581" height="204" title="Comparable Property Sales" style="display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="Comparable Property Sales" src="" border="0"></a></p> Comparable Property Sales Norm Rousseau Thu, 12 Sep 2019 02:36:22 G9T <p>Misconceptions about mortgages can cause buyers to stumble on the path to their next home purchase and even cost them money- So let's bust some common mortgage myths!<p><a href=""><img width="539" height="630" title="Baby" style="display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="Baby" src="" border="0"></a> MORTGAGE MYTHS Norm Rousseau Thu, 05 Sep 2019 07:44:26 G9T <p>When presenting your home for sale, the value of curb appeal can't be emphasized enough. Here are some ways to shine a light on your selling opportunity. <p>Illuminated address sign. Make your address easy to find with an illuminated address sign or at least a spotlight shining on your house number. <p><a href=""><img width="565" height="618" title="LIGHT" style="display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="LIGHT" src="" border="0"></a><p>This is a great idea even if you're not selling your home, as it allows everyone, from the pizza delivery person to emergency first responders, to find you quickly and easily.A well-lit path. Once the potential buyer finds your house, make sure their trip to the front door is clear and well lit. This is an attractive feature that also doubles as a safety measure for both you and your visitors, who need a clear view and safe access to your home's entrance.<p>Highlighted Landscaping. A lot of time and money goes into creating a beautiful lawn and garden. Consider how to best highlight your outdoor efforts using uplights to illuminate trees from below, and quality solar lights to cast a magical glow to the garden.<p>ln many cases, the evening hours are the only time available for potential buyers to view your property. Make sure you present your home in the best possible light with attractive path, patio and landscape lighting systems, no matter what time of day it is. NOW THAT ITS GETTING DARK SO EARLT MAYBE LIGHT THE WAY TO A SUCESSFUL SALE! Norm Rousseau Thu, 05 Sep 2019 07:38:17 G9T <p>City of Calgary, September 3, 2019 – Increased sales and easing new listings reduced housing inventories in August. Sales were primarily driven by homes priced below $500,000. “Employment numbers have been improving, but mostly in industries that are traditionally lower paid,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.<a href=""><img width="544" height="211" title="Annotation 2019-09-05 133639" style="display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="Annotation 2019-09-05 133639" src="" border="0"></a><p>“This is contributing to the shift that we are seeing in the housing market, with growth being limited to product priced below $500,000.” Rising sales for homes priced under $500,000 offset sales declines in the higher price ranges. This caused August sales to improve by six per cent compared to last year. Sales activity improved for all product types. The growth was largest for apartment-style and attached properties. Attached sales increased for the sixth consecutive month compared to the previous year. This is also the only property type with year-to-date sales higher than last year’s levels. New listings continued to ease this month, which caused inventory to decline. This is helping the market shift toward more balanced conditions. The amount of downward pressure on prices is also easing. At $426,000, the unadjusted citywide benchmark price this month remained comparable to last month, but 2.6 per cent lower than last year’s levels. Despite improving sales and reductions in inventory, housing market recovery will take time. Inventory levels remain elevated and sales activity is still well below historical norms. The market continues to favour the buyer, with over four months of supply. Sales activity increase led by lower-priced homes Norm Rousseau Fri, 30 Aug 2019 02:20:04 G8T <p><p><b><br></b></p>After trudging through one property after another with your real estate representative, you're just about ready to give up on finding your perfect next home until you take one step into a certain front door and realize This is it" Unfortunately, you may not be the only person who feels that instant connection. What can you do to give you the edge over another potential buyer? <p><a href=""><img width="566" height="325" title="photo" style="display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="photo" src="" border="0"></a> WORDS THAT WORK Norm Rousseau Wed, 28 Aug 2019 04:05:05 G8T <p>Just as buyers can experience remorse, so can sellers. What are some of home sellers' most common regrets? Find out below, so you can avoid such regrets when you decide to sell!<p>NOT TAKING EARLY OFFERS SERIOUSLY<p>Sellers often assume early offers are the first of many, or think they've priced too low when offers come quickly. So they wait. But offers decrease, in frequency and price, the longer a property's on market. That's why early offers are typically the best. Buyers who jump on Your listing early are motivated - exactly the kind you want.<p><a href=""><img width="500" height="526" title="picture" style="display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="picture" src="" border="0"></a> SELLERS REMORSE Norm Rousseau Tue, 27 Aug 2019 01:58:34 G8T <p>As summer turns into fall, you may already be thinking ahead to your fall garden cleanup. Remember that fall landscaping can be just as attractive as summer garden designs, and can not only create added visual appeal for your home but also give you a healthy return on your investment when it comes to selling your property. Before investing in fall foliage, it's important to first clean up your yard - trim back dead and dying branches from trees and bushes, and remove weeds, spent plants and unhealthy vegetation from the garden. Mow and edge the grass, and consider aerating the soil and over seeding the lawn to ensure healthy spring growth. <p><a href=""><img width="490" height="786" title="Gardening Photo" style="display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="Gardening Photo" src="" border="0"></a> ADD VALUE WITH FALL LANDSCAPING Norm Rousseau Fri, 02 Aug 2019 03:12:50 G8T <p><strong>City of Calgary, August 1, 2019</strong> – For the fourth consecutive month, inventories in the market declined compared to last year. This is due to the combination of improving sales and a decline in new listings. <p>The market continues to favour the buyer, but a continuation in supply reduction compared to sales is needed to support more balanced conditions.<a href=""><img width="498" height="189" title="Capture" style="margin: 27px 0px 0px; border: 0px currentcolor; border-image: none; display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="Capture" src="" border="0"></a><p>“We are starting to see reductions in supply across the resale, rental and new-home markets,” said CREB<sup>®</sup> chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. Sales improving and inventory declines for fourth month in a row Norm Rousseau Tue, 23 Jul 2019 01:59:04 G7T <p><strong>City of Calgary, July 22, 2019</strong> – A struggling energy sector continues to weigh on the overall economy. Unemployment levels remain elevated and income growth remains weak. <p>However, Calgary continues to benefit from stable population growth fuelled by international migration and natural increases.<p>“With current economic conditions, we expect housing demand will remain similar to levels recorded last year,” said CREB<sup>®</sup> chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. Supply continues to adjust in the resale market, as well as the new-home and rental markets. Reductions in housing supply are expected to move the resale market toward more balanced conditions and support price stability by the end of the year. Mid-year market update: Modest supply reductions may signal shift to balanced housing market by end of year Norm Rousseau